The first, and of lesser import, is the attempt to defend the "grand jurists," "common law "writ writers," etc. as anything more than circus sideshows. We had these in the 90s, as Dakota observed, and they were always either based on misinterpretation of history and law, even common law, and/or carried out by the people who Churchill characterizes as "millenialists" in his book -- mostly by people who were not wrapped too tight but were looking for some kind of magic bullet to stop national tyranny at the local level. Often these people were so "out there" that they alienated even their friends and neighbors.
Now I am not talking about FIJA advocates, but people who assign to themselves "sovereignty" and immediately attempt to wreak their will on other people. For many, what this is is an attempt to find an easy way around the cold hard military and historical fact of preparing to resist tyranny at the muzzle of a rifle. People, there is no magic paper-waving cure for what faces us.
The recent fol-de-rol in Tennessee is just that -- a distracting and self-discrediting sideshow of a sideshow. Don't blame Rachel Maddow for sneering at and ridiculing these people -- like the Republic of Texas folks, the Montana Freemen and the "common law writ writers" who preceded them by 15 years, they are eminently ripe for ridicule and sneering and they did it to themselves -- and by tenuous claimed association, I might remind you -- to us.
None of this is about the fight for liberty that is coming, it is about distraction and wasted effort. And who, in the end, does that serve?
The second and more important point: This business of pointing at black and brown racist collectivism and attempting to use it as an excuse for white racist collectivism is the oldest piece of universal collectivist trickery in the book. "Well, they do it, so why should we treat them as individuals anyway? They hate us so we might as well treat them the same way." Or, "Why doesn't Vanderboegh condemn the black racists like he does the white?"
Any of my long-time readers know that I condemn racist collectivism of every kind. You can accuse me of "not dealing with reality," or whatever, but I rather think it is holding myself to higher standards and standing for principle as my God demands that I do.
If you don't like that, you are welcome to go start your own blog. But my indulgence of the current thrust of these two strains of comments ends now. It is, after all, MY blog and it ain't no popularity contest.